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THE BITTER ROOT 123
MRS. VVEs'r: Yes, go On.
MR. IVEST: Yer know Dr. IIuston and me were talkin'?
MRS. XVEST: Yes. Yes.
MR. NVEs'r: IVell he was a tellin, me that if Clara didn 't stop work, she
couldnyt live more 'n a year on account O' her heart.
MRS. NVEs'r: Oh Sam! fSobs for long timej
MR. XVESF: IVell, now she is a leavin', he thinks maybe as how she will
live from two ter five years.
MRS. XVEST: But, Sam, I'1l not have my baby! I won't be with her all
the time she will live. I'll be way down in this God forsaken country when it
is time for her to be called to her eternal home. My baby! My baby! O God!
O God! Sam! Sam! Help me, O God! Help me! fWaIlus up and down the
stage in n -freneyj Sam. Sam, I can't stand it!
MR. IVEs'r: There, there, don't yer cry! COIIIG, let 's go out into the air.
fills they go out, CLARA comes -in. She is I1 ummizz-g to herself. Size dances
around the room, but .wurldevzly she stops and breathes lmrd. She sinlfs in fl
CLARA: lt jest seems like as if I could hardly breathe.
fIVAN comes z"n.j
IVAN: NVhat fer yer settin' there fer? Ol' lady Thompson will be here
fer yer pretty soon.
CLARA: I'll get her ter let yer ride in the car Over to DaVid's and yer
can walk back.
IVAN: IVill yer, honest? NO. I wOuldn't ride in her old car if I was
dyin' and had broke my arm.
CLARA: Please don 't be so mean.
IVAN ITU elzcmge the subjeetj : I'll tell the Sunday school teacher yer can tt
be her angel in the play and she can get some one else. But they won't be so
good as you. Are yer sorry fer to leave me?
CLARA: Yuh, I am KSObs.j
IVAN: Don't yer cry again. If yer won 't, I'll let yer have my new hound
dog. I'll go get it now. I'm goin' fGoes ou-tj
CLARA: I guess I better not go. But I want to go so bad. If I went, I
could learn how to do something and they could come and live with me and
Ivan could go to school and learn how ter do something, and we could keep
pa and ma when they got old. But I guess I better stay ter home cause I am
too dumb to learn how to do anything, and pa would never leave this ol' coun-
tryg so I better stay to home. '
KA noise 'is heard outside. MRS. THOMPSON, MRS. WEST, MR. WEST, and
IVAN all enteixj
MRS. THOMPSON: Oh, Clara, dear, are you ready?
MRS. WEST: Yer ain't fergit that there gingham, have you? K Looks at
CLARA and sobs.j
IVAN: Yer got that popcorn I gived yer, ain't yer?
CLARA: Stop! I ain't a-goin'!
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122 THR B1'r'r1sR Roor
MRS. XVEST: No, eose I ain't! What ever made yer think that? Somethin'
jest got inter 1ny eye. The way yer talk a body 'd think yer was jest a-goin'
away fer what yer will get out of it. But instead yer are goin' so someday
yer will be able to help the rest of usins.
CMR. XVEST enters. The 100111671 rise and start HIO'L'I.'11g IZAVOIHIIIJ
MR. XVI-JST: IVell, I heard by Thomas as that Mrs. Tliompson got hern
car fixed ter day.
MRS. XVEST: IIuh, her an' Clara are leavin' terday fer the city.
MR. VVEST: Guess as how seens Clara is leavin' I'll have ter hire some
one else ter help in the field and I'll have ter let Ivan milk another cow and
yer Maggie ean milk one more, and I'll milk the rest.
CLARA! Maybe I'd better stay ter home and help with the work.
MRS. XVEST: Oh, yer pa was only funnin'. NVeren't yer Sam?
MR. NVEST: IVell, now fL00ln'S at wifaj Er-that is--yes, O, yes, ter be
IvAN fCOH1I'71Q in from outsirlvjz Clara, did yer think that I'll have ter
hoe all of that there ol' north field o' corn all alone, and while I'm workin'
out in the ol' hot sun, yer will be settin' on a velvet chair in some swell room
eatin' ice cream and-
MRS. IVEST: Ivan, go get some water at once.
IVAN: Aw, when I'm dead some one will holler, "Ivan, go get some
Water I Goes out.j I
CLARA: Maybe I best not go.
MRS. WEST: Hurry and get Granny 's beads, you shall have them.
CLARA: Oh, Ma! I'll hurry back KRushes off sfagchj
MRS. XVEST KWfith, at sighd: NVell fBoth sit dowrnj
MR. YVEST: I kinda hates ter see her go.
MRS. VVEST: O Samual, I hate to see her go. I'll miss her so! She always
was a great comfort. I feel like cryin' fSobs.j
MR. VVEST: Oh, Maggie.
MRS. NVESTZ She wouldn,t let me work over the hot stove and there she
been a-workin' in the old fields all day, but still she would do the e0okin'.
MR. Wnsrz She use ter do more work all day out in the field than any
man I ever saw. Now I'll have ter hire some lazy person, I speet.
MRS. WEST: But think what all this is going to mean to Clara, she will
be healthy and, I hope, happy. She will not have to do any hard work, and
maybe she will become well.
MR. NVESTS Yup, and maybe she'll live longer and feel better.
MRS. WEST: Live longer! 'What do you mean? fJumps 'ILPJ Tell me!
Tell me, I say! Answer me! flier:-ts him on Nw clufstj
MR. XVESTC Now calm yerself.
AIRS. NVEST: I'll not calm myself, I'll not set down till ye tell me what
yer mean. Tell me!
MR. WEST: Not till you sit down.
MRS. VVEST: O well now, hurry!
MR. IVEST: I always feel more comfortable when yer are calm-
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124 THE B1frT1sR Roor g
CLARA: I ain't a-goin', I tell yer! fS0bs.j
IVAN: But Why not? Ain't yer packed?
CLARA: I don 't care! I hain't agoin'!
MRS. XVEST: But think how much you would be pleasin' me.
CLARA: I have. Oh, I hate to think!
IVAN: But yer got that there new gingham dress.
MR. VVEST: But think, yer can learn to read and write.
IVAN: Yer could come home and read to me.
MRS. THOMPSON: But, my dear child. You can come back often and you
can soon become Well and strong.
IVAN: I'll take care of yer spotted calf so yer can go.
CLARA: But ma is sickly and pa can't afford ter hire anyone ter help
him. The crop will spoil. Someone's got ter make our clothin' and ma 's sight
is mighty poor.
MRS. VVEST: But I can get someone to run in an' help me.
CLARA: VVho'll yer get ter help yer?
MRS. IVEST: VVhy, there is a-um-um-
CLARA: No, ma, it won't do: no one will help yer and who'll pa get ter
MR.. WEs'1': XVhy, I'1l get Tom Jones.
CLARA: IVho'll feed him?
MR. VVEST: Why, yer ma, course.
CLARA: She a.in't Well, she should be in bed this here very minute: look
MRS. THOMPSON: Yes, but, dear, she will be able to come and live with
CLARA: Mrs. Thompson, yer mean good. but don 't yer see I ean't leaVe
MRS. THOMPSON: Yes, but think, Clara! The thought of you learning
to be someone, to have better things than these, to be cultured, will help your
MRS. VVEST: Yes, Clara, don't you see?
IVAN: Yes, and, Clara, if yer don't go. Illl not get to come ter see yer.
CLARA: I'm sorry, but I'm not goin'.
MR. WEs'r: Come, now, Mrs. Thompson here 's planned on yer goin '. So
hurry and get ready.
CLARA: No, pa, I'n1 not goin', ma needs me: you and Ivan needs me.
No, I'll stay home.
MRS. WEsT: It's true, but no. Go! Go now, or else l'll want yer ter
stay. It's jest 1ny old selfish body that cries out to you. Go! Fulfill my
dreams. Plans I wanted to do and had planned on carrying out, but I failed,
miserably failed. Go, it 's your chance. You must go!
CLARA: No, ma, I can't.
MRS. XVEST: Oh, Clara, please!
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